What does everyone do with their kids artwork?

Mine is newly in preschool and we’re inundated with take home arts n crafts. Ideas on what to do with them? How long do you keep them etc?

  • Chris
    Mar 12

    We take pictures and upload them to a shareable cloud account. It’s nice to see a chronology in our daughters arts andcrafts.

  • Jade
    Mar 12

    I’ve seen some really cute ideas where people have made digital copies and had them screen printed and turned into quilts/blankets! Also- you could take some of your favorites and have them enlarged and framed as a cool abstract art piece for your wall 🙂

  • Brigitte
    Mar 12

    I save a handful that are special or stand out to me as particularly good and I toss the rest. I date whatever I keep and put them in a file folder. I’ve also framed a few for our play room. My thinking is that right now artwork is just practice for fine motor skills and years from now my kids will be more excited to look back on a handful of special pieces rather than piles and piles of artwork that more or less look the same.

  • E
    Mar 12

    We send them to grandparents. They are 2 time zones away and it helps them and our daughter feel close.

  • A
    Mar 13

    I really like the idea of taking pictures of them. Like Brigitte, I’ll keep one or 2 particularly neat ones but I toss the vast majority - when they are not looking. They do SO much artwork I’d loose my mind if we kept all of it.

  • Jennifer
    Mar 14

    I take a picture of it and share with family. I then put it all in a folder

  • Greg
    Mar 14

    We let the kids decide what is a keeper and what goes in recycling. The keepers go in the “art box” which could be any storage container in their room. When that gets full, have them go through the box and decide which ones they’re done with ... make a keep pile and a toss pile. Most times they don’t want to get rid of their stuff the same day they made it but when they go through the box later, it’s pretty painless.

  • Kara
    Mar 14

    Get the App “Artkive” it lets you save a digital version of your child’s artwork

  • Melany
    Mar 21

    I laminate nice ones and make a three ring binder for each set of grandparents for gifts. They usually love it and fight over them because each binder is unique.

  • Carissa
    Mar 25

    I got the string and mini clothes pins in a craft isle at Walmart and set this up in my sons room to display the crafts he makes at daycare!

  • Westcoasthorn02
    Apr 19

    Besides taking digital images of my child’s work. I’ve decided to keep the “older” artwork in a bin, for her to see it and appreciate it later in life when she’s older. I want her to understand that we saved all of her work “no matter how insignificant” it might have seemed; that her development was important, she is loved and we are very happy to be her parents.